Friday, June 2, 2017

Thank You


Every once in a while I will suggest you consider subscribing to this blog. It's entirely free to read the posts, see the pictures, and share the adventure. It always will be. But all authors, artists, musicians, and creators depend on the people who appreciate their work to be patrons on some level.

If you own my books, thank you. If you share my blog posts, thank you. If you have come to a workshop or event here, thank you. And if you simply want to kick in $5 a month towards feed and hay - I thank you. It's a small way to both encourage me and help keep the lights on.

Like NPR stations, I'll be here to tune into whether you wish to subscribe and be a patron or not. But I do ask if you enjoy what you read here and do not already subscribe - to consider it. This is a time that the farm needs support from those who wish to see it remain the home of Cold Antler.  Please only do so if you feel the writing has value (as entertainment, inspiration, etc) and you can manage it.

Thank you,

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Blogger LoudLenny said...

if you click the donate, on the next screen it says to donate to the address dogsinourpark
is that correct? or am i not doing it correctly?

January 20, 2017 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger LoudLenny said...

hello, when I click on the donate button, it says to dogsinourpark is that correct or am i doing this wrong?

January 20, 2017 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Morning and first of all, thank you for considering this! Also thanks to Matt and Rachel who chose to subscribe and make a contribution yesterday. It was encouraging to see that support and their combined effort covers 50lbs of pig feed!

Yes, dogsinmyparks is the gmail address I use now. the old ones I do not check.

January 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Betsy Earley said...

Hi Jenna
I'd like to make a big donation to you and your farm but am getting dogsinourpark. Is that right? By the way where is Birchthorn? I'd love to buy a copy, but I don't see it advertised or you talking about it. Is it still a thing? Has it been published?

February 7, 2017 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Yes, that is the email address I use most. But all of my email addresses should be connected to it.

I talked with the editor just last week. We are prepping all the files for the ebook, which comes out first. I am still editing the ebook and going over her work and she is presenting it for Kindle, pdf, etc and it will be delivered first. I don't know if the ebook will be available to buy right away for others. But I will find out from her once we have more details. All updates, cover design, notes, etc are on the Kickstarter.

February 7, 2017 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Claudia Karabaic Sargent said...

I am thrilled to be a supporter, and this month, I raised my monthly contribution. I love your books and this blog and it's important to support the work of artists (and farmers/shepherds/falconers/et al) whom you admire.
Too often, because so much "content" (i.e., art and writing) is available for free, people forget to realize that artists and writers need support (in the form of $$) to continue their work of creation.
I was a freelancer for many years (1976 - 2002)and I know how hard it was THEN, and that's when it was still relatively easy to have a career you could make a living from. There were SO MANY weekly & monthly magazines, advertising agencies, publishers, all paying withing 30 days for illustration and design. By the early 80s, that started to change with the consolidations in publishing, and by the 90s, the rights-grabs from the newly-consolidated publishers made it almost impossible to re-license existing work for new uses (another source of freelancer income). I went from primarily editorial illustration in the late 70s/early 80s, to doing mostly textbook illustration for small and large publishers throughout the 80s, until the consolidations reduced that work to a trickle, and pricing also dropped to a level that made it impossible. I had to find another way to live off my work. So I started working with a book packager in 1989, and we did 13 illustrated books together. One of our last books together-- a fill-in book-- had a $10K advance, took me a year to do, but sold 250K copies. The only way I could afford to do that was because of royalties on our earlier books.
Even with that success behind us, it became impossible to get an advance from a publisher where I could live off the advance while doing my (very time-consuming) artwork. And health insurance skyrocketed to over $1K/month in 2002, which is what finally drove me out of the business. I had to keep health insurance because my husband was disabled at the time and needed regular physical therapy. He was turned down for Social Security disability, so it was all on me to support us. So, I went into retail work part-time, and stayed 11 years, for the health insurance.
All of this is to give EXHAUSTIVE detail to those who DO NOT UNDERSTAND just how hard it is to be a freelancer and try to pay regular expenses on irregular income and still have the energy and wherewithal to do the serious creative work that freelancing requires. You have NO paid days off, you work when you are sick, you miss weddings and funerals, you hope your clients pay you soon, or at all.
IT IS HARD. It's kind of like being a farmer.
So that's why I support your work, Jenna. Lest anyone think this is an easy choice, IT IS MOST ASSUREDLY NOT ONE. It is an all-consuming way of life. And I bless the ones who try so hard to make it work.

June 5, 2017 at 12:49 PM  

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